Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Imminent demolition of 122 year old building in Vancouver’s old Japantown

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The frantic festival of demolition continues in Vancouver, a city whose demolition rate is double that of Toronto’s. And Toronto is no paragon of heritage either. The City of Vancouver is attempting to force demolition of the 122 year-old building which belongs to the Ming Sun Benevolent Society. The building, on a significant block of Vancouver’s vanishing old Japantown, functioned as a clean well-run SRO with eight units and a …read more

Protected: Interpretation of Enzo Mari’s Sedia Chair by Russell Baker, Bombast Furniture

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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Protected: Enzo Mari’s classic 1970s chair modified by artists and designers – Presentation House Gallery auction

Friday, November 15th, 2013

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Ken Lum’s Pecha Kucha talk in Vancouver

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Vancouver artist Ken Lum took the opportunity of a Pecha Kucha appearance to talk about the his city, its history and its habits, and its demolition and disappearance. Though he said little about his own work, none of the concerns or ethic of his art were missing. His offhanded, throwaway tone only barely conceals outrage. And there’s a surprise ending. Like me, Ken is one of the few Vancouverites with …read more

Tower of Babel

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Tower of Babel, 1563 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Bruegel painted a series of three pictures of the Tower of Babel; one, on ivory, is lost. ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’ (Genesis 11:4). “The workers in the painting …read more

Mobiles on the set of a Seekers concert, 1968

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Beautiful. Why are things so overdone now? This was a great set. 1968, BBC, London. [Sorry about the ads; being allergic to advertising I have ad blocker and never see ads, but I’m told there’s advertising on this one.]